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Social mobility poll results 2018

The public’s attitude to social mobility in 2018.

The poll shows:

  • a worrying level of pessimism amongst young people who think they have little chance of moving up in society
  • that generally all people across the age ranges think it is getting harder for disadvantaged people to move up in society
  • there is an urgent need to ensure people can improve their social mobility

Social mobility is the link between a person’s occupation or income and the occupation or income of their parents. Where there is a strong link, there is a lower level of social mobility. Where there is a weak link, there is a higher level of social mobility.

For more information go to the Government website


Home Secretary opens bidding process for Youth Endowment Fund

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has launched the bidding process to choose an organisation or consortium that will run the £200 million Youth Endowment Fund.

Announced in October as part of the government’s long-term plan to tackle serious violence, the Fund will provide a 10 year investment to support interventions steering young people away from becoming involved in violent crime or reoffending.

It will also build the evidence base for the most effective interventions for tackling serious violence.

The Youth Endowment Fund will be run by an independent organisation or body, similar to the Education Endowment Foundation. It will invest £200 million and use the proceeds to fund projects designed to guide vulnerable young people away from violent crime, and develop and share new knowledge of the approaches that are most successful.

For more information go to the Government website

Personalised support package for long-term unemployed disabled people launched

According to Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd, disabled people will be able to work with a dedicated key worker to get and stay in employment.

The Intensive Personalised Employment Support programme will provide highly personalised packages of employment support for people who are at least a year away from moving into work.

People will get coaching to help build their independence, confidence and motivation, as well as work experience to help boost their career prospects.

For more information go to the Government website

Find out how to change your charity’s financial year 

You cannot change your charity’s financial year or period if your latest annual return and accounts (if required) are overdue.

To sign in and change your financial year you will need your:

  • charity registration number
  • charity’s online services password, you can request a new password if needed

This password gives people in your charity access to detailed information about your charity and individuals connected with it.

For full details go to the Government website


The Charity Governance Awards 2019

Now open for nominations.

This is a not-for-profit initiative created to celebrate outstanding governance in charities both small and large.

It is well known that effective governance makes a difference, and sharing examples of inspirational trustees and brilliant boards shows how great governance and doing good go hand-in-hand.

Today, third sector governance is a subject never far from the news, but the headlines don’t tell the whole story. That’s why these awards, organised by the Clothworkers’ Company, are exclusively dedicated to charity governance. By shining a spotlight on the best of the sector, they want to demonstrate how effective governance can transform a charity and even more of the lives of its beneficiaries.

There are seven categories covering every kind of charitable organisation. Shortlisted charities will be invited to an exclusive Awards Ceremony and Reception where the winners will be announce. The winning charity in each category will receive £5,000.

Award Categories

  1. Board Diversity and Inclusivity
  2. Embracing Digital
  3. Embracing Opportunity and Harnessing Risk
  4. Improving Impact – charities with 3 paid staff or fewer (including charities with no paid staff)
  5. Improving Impact – charities with 4–25 paid staff
  6. Improving impact – charities with 26 paid staff or more
  7. Managing Turnaround

For more information go to the Awards website

Mental Health Employment Specialists

Deadline 4th January

WorkPlace Leeds are looking to recruit 3 Full Time Mental Health Employment Specialists

WorkPlace Leeds, Leeds Mind, working in partnership with Touchstone and Community Links is a highly successful and innovative specialist employment and job retention service for individuals with mental health difficulties, based in Leeds.

The service provides a mental health specialism to individuals seeking employment whilst working within the Individual Placement and Support approach. These roles involve supporting clients on a 1:1 basis to build confidence and self-esteem, explore volunteering and training opportunities and help clients to look for and gain paid work as part of their recovery at their own pace.

If you answer ‘yes’ to the following this may be the role for you:

  • Do you have experience of working with individuals on a 1:1 basis with complex needs?
  • Do you have experience in working in a mental health or employment setting?
  • Do you understand the barriers that people with mental health issues may face in gaining employment?
  • Are you led by values of recovery, diversity and inclusivity?
  • Do you want to help make a difference by supporting people’s recovery, building on their strengths and empowering them to achieve their employment goals?

Salary:            Scale 5 point 22 – 25 (£21,074- £23,111)

Hours:             3 x Full time (37hrs) per week

Contract:         Permanent

Base:               Posts will be based at Workplace Leeds. De Lacey House, Abbey Road, Kirkstall, Leeds, LS5 3HS with co-location element in the CMHTs in Leeds.

Application forms and further details can be obtained by going to their website


For an informal discussion about these posts prior to applying please Tel: 0113 230 2631 and speak to: Julia Stimpson or Fiona Devenney

Closing Date:            12 noon, Friday 4th January 2019

Group Interview       Date: Monday 14th January 2019

Individual Interview Date: 15th January 2019

DFID launch their first ever Disability Inclusion Strategy

The Department for International Development’s strategy aims to achieve four outcomes:

  • All human rights of all people with disabilities are fully recognised, respected and fulfilled
  • Full and active participation, representation and leadership of all people with disabilities in society
  • Equal access to opportunities and outcomes for all people with disabilities
  • Evidence-based understanding of the scale and nature of disability-related exclusion and what works to improve outcomes for people with disabilities.

For more information go to the Government website

Civil Society Futures: Final Report Published

After Julia Unwin’s two year inquiry into Civil Society Futures, the final report has been published – ‘The story of our times: shifting power, bridging divides, transforming society’.

The inquiry heard from over 3,000 respondents via conferences and events, workshops, interviews and meetings, exploring how civil society needs to adapt to the changing social landscape. The inquiry examined four themes: place; belonging & identity; reimagining work & purpose; and how we organise.

The final report identified four areas (PACT) which are in need of major changes to ensure that charities and other civil society organisations increase accountability to their beneficiaries:

  • Power: there needs to be a shift so that decisions involve everyone
  • Accountability: organisations need to be accountable to the communities they serve
  • Connections: broader and deeper connections are needed within and between communities
  • Trust: trust in organisations needs to be built and earned in line with their values.

You can read the report here

Boosting Vulnerable Children’s Outcomes

Teachers and social workers will get advice to improve vulnerable children’s wellbeing, behaviour and school attendance, as the Education Secretary vows to tackle their significantly worse educational outcomes.

The adversity and trauma experienced by children in need of help from social workers, alongside the instability in their home lives, is shown to have a lasting impact on their educational outcomes, which has a knock on impact on their adult life.

New data shows that that in 2016/17 one in 10 state school pupils had a social worker within the previous six years of their life, and data published early in the year showed that the average GCSE attainment for these children is nearly half that of other pupils.

To tackle this, the Department for Education has published findings of how professionals who work with vulnerable children can better identify children in need, understand the impact of their traumatic experiences, and what schools and social care can do to help these children benefit from a positive experience of education that opens up future opportunities.

This publication is intended to provide teachers and social workers with advice to help improve attendance, behaviour and wellbeing, such as adjusting how they manage vulnerable children’s behaviour and adapting how they speak to the child.

For more information go to the Government website

Help at Home – Use of assistive technology for older people

This review presents a selection of recent research on assistive technology for older people funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and other government funders. This has been selected with help from an expert steering group. In this review the focus is on research around the use of technology in the home, remote monitoring systems and designing better environments for older people

For more information go to the NIHR website